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Poll: Did You Get a Flu Shot?

By January 14, 2013

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As DFW emergency rooms and clinics are filling up with some very sick people, many North Texans are racing out to get a flu shot. As of Sunday evening, many pharmacies sold out of the vaccine.

When I heard about several DFW children dying from the flu, I decided it was time to rethink things.

Back in September, I had a lot of questions and concerns for my family. Would it be a bad year for the flu or not? What's in the shot? Is it full of harmful chemicals? So I put it off -- until now.

On Saturday morning, both my husband and my 7-year-old got the flu vaccine at my daughter's pediatrician's office. When Doug mentioned that CVS was his next stop, the clinic mentioned that they had an extra dose and they sold it to him. Sweet. $30 apiece. The pair was in and out in 10 minutes or less. My husband travels so I insisted he get one. I made the decision for my daughter. I still haven't gotten one yet.

I also did my research on the vaccine vs. the flu mist. My daughter's neurologist said to go with the vaccine "because it was tried and true." That's good enough advice for me. The flu mist contains a live virus -- and we didn't have to take any chances of getting a mild dose of the flu this way.

Did you get the flu shot (or mist)? I'm suffering from a cold right now. I'm about to go make another cup of hot Pomegranate Tea right now. I swear it has healing powers. You can find the Republic of Tea at World Market.

If you're uninsured, unemployed or on Medicaid, you can get free flu shots. Here's where to find free flu shots for adults and children in Dallas County.

Did you get the flu shot? Stay healthy!

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